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Fool Me Once Paperback – July 25, 2012
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Thus, it was with great trepidation that I began reading Honey Boudreaux's Fool Me Once. How does one read and review a book within a genre I have a slight bias against? This is why I'm not a regular Amazon reviewer. My tastes are too specific. I could never review a country album. Instant one star! A YA novel? You don't want me reviewing that if you know what's good for you.
Yet I started reading Fool Me Once. Challenge your predetermined ideas, I told myself. Listen to that country song! Start a conversation with a Swedish person! Confront your prejudices!
And then do you know what happened? You'd better not, or I'll report you for spying on me and my family!
I thoroughly enjoyed it! This novel by a first time YA writer is a damn page turner. I don't even have time to read these days, but I was looking for time and excuses to slip back into this story.
Sixteen-year-olds Tristan and Shelby dream about the future, but not of happy things like robots or flying cars. They dream about people dying and, hopefully, in real life, with the right amount of planning, they can then prevent these deaths from occurring. After saving a couple of lives and effectively cheating said death, the real guy, Death himself, comes after them. They then fight Death together after realizing that the person they've been seeing in their dreams for years is each other.
What Fool Me Once is is an amazing thrill ride because Death, the ultimate villain, won't leave the kids alone: at school, at the bus stop, at the pizza place. Death is always there, and he's pissed because the teens have already beaten, or fooled, him once. If they can fool him again, Death takes a permanent holiday as far as Tristan and Shelby are concerned. But if he succeeds this time, it's curtains for these Dreamers, who, by the way, just might be falling for each other.
And you root for the kiddos all the way because, as George W. Bush once said, "Fool me once, shame on...you can't get fooled again."
So go read Honey Boudreaux's Fool Me Once, for there are sure to be more great things coming from her.
Tristan, 16, also has dreams that become real. He didn't realize until too late when his mother died in a plane crash, that his bad dreams come true. An afternoon spent playing video games saves his best friend from dying.
Two freak accidents cause Shelby and Tristan to meet in the flesh--and each recognizes the other from their dreams going back for years. They are linked, and their love grows, as does the fear of the Shadow Men and the dreams of Death waiting for them.
Who are the Shadow Men? How can they be stopped? Mrs. Packett the elderly librarian offers her aide, but what does she know?
I read this in one sitting, ignoring chores and 2 hungry cats. Next Honey Boudreaux novel I read--I'll feed the cats first!
As a kid it sucks to be different, but to be this kind of different is a whole other story. Shelby and Tristan are just that...different. This novel delves into the dream world of Shelby and Tristan at heart pounding pace! Following Shelby and Tristan into their world of dreams, which collide with reality, they fight for survival from a seemingly invisible enemy. They are willing to put everything on the line to protect the ones they love from a fate of epic proportions. After everything they both learn from their dreams, Shelby and Tristan think they can beat this shadowy enemy. Unfortunately, their dreams can be deceiving. If you are looking for a book you can't put down while you're awake and dream about when you're asleep, then this is the book for you. What I especially loved about this novel is that the chapter titles are also song titles. It's like an unofficial book soundtrack! Totally awesome if you are like me and like to listen to music while you read. Fool Me Once gets two thumbs up from me!!